DEEP WATERING

The fragrant white gardenia had long been the writer's favorite flower. After moving to a climate where gardenias could be grown as easily as the palm trees, she planted a gardenia among the roses. The first year, the cutting of the gardenia blossoms was a constant joy. The following year, the beautiful green leaves suddenly turned yellow, and the plant lost many flower buds. A nurseryman, when told of this sudden change, said: "You have been sprinkling and not watering. Deep watering is needed."

On examination, the soil was found to be moist on top but very hard and dry below the surface. A slow, steady stream of water was applied, a deep watering that would reach the roots of the plant. In an amazingly short time, all yellow leaves were gone, and the plant was covered with shiny green leaves and many flower buds, which opened into fragrant blooms.

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